Suellen Saidee Cook
Suellen Saidee Cook uses her own photographic resources to construct a narrative that taps into the viewer’s emotional responses to the world around them. Each image is composed of multiple layers of photographs (sometimes up to 50!) seamlessly melded together to create a new story.
Her artworks are mysterious, whimsical and surreal, capturing the viewer’s imagination, and drawing them closer to immerse themselves in the detail that is sometimes not immediately evident.
A Treehouse has something to say, it speaks an ancient language and the message is universal, to be in harmony with nature, to let go of earth bound encumbrances, and just be free. Treehouses are a window into a world far removed from everyday life. They possess a transformative power, as soon as you cross the threshold of a treehouse you are a changed person, surrounded by the raw energy of nature, your soul is inevitably rejuvenated and your spirit is lifted.
The treehouse, as a retreat, seems to capture the imagination of just about everyone from the very young to the old. A treehouse lends security and gives us a sense of being out of reach, far removed from anything that might threaten our equilibrium, an escape from the stresses of the world that often surround us.
They are our very own private universe.
Join me as we take a whimsical journey together into the treetops.
— Suellen Saidee Cook
The exhibition, Growth Rings, is a whimsical look at how life changed during the Covid-19 self- solation events of 2020. Despite feeling quite uncertain, scared even, about what was happening and very creatively unmotivated one night, out of the blue, the muse came to visit so I got out of bed and started journaling. Growth Rings was the result. It became a series of 12 images that explore the quirks and whimsies of everyday life as I (and many others) experienced during compulsory isolation or lockdown as it became known. Growth Rings looks at many of the emotions and the humour of new experiences that changed our behaviour. From learning new skills to finding ways to amuse ourselves at home. Not forgotten was the sadness of losing love ones. The images are infused with our resilience to adversity and finding a clear way forward as the fog lifts on a new day.